Wisdom Teeth Removal
One of the most common oral surgeries we perform here at Henricksen Family Dental is wisdom teeth removal. This procedure involves extracting the one or more of the four wisdom teeth found in the back of your mouth. These teeth, one of which can be found on each side of the top and bottom rows of teeth, come in late in life and can cause dental complications. Many of our patients need to have these teeth removed in order to remain pain-free and to prevent further issues.
Why Do You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Because they are the last teeth to come in, wisdom teeth often do not have the proper amount of room needed to fully erupt. They become impacted, which can be very painful. When a tooth does not fully erupt through the gums, this often causes damage to the gums themselves, leaving them compromised and more susceptible to infection. This can also cause the adjacent tooth to shift out of alignment, changing your bite. It is also possible that a cyst will form around the impacted wisdom tooth.
What Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Entail?
The process of extracting wisdom teeth is very similar to removing other teeth. You will come in first for a consultation and pre-surgery meeting. On the day of surgery, we will give you anesthesia to fully numb your mouth. We may even sedate you if it seems necessary. We then carefully cut out the wisdom teeth. Once we have removed the teeth and applied any stitches to the gums that are necessary, the procedure is done. In total, it often takes less than an hour.
How Long Does it Take to Recover?
Recovery time does depend on your overall health and if there were any difficulties in removing your wisdom teeth. However, for the average patient, it takes about two weeks to completely recover. You may experience some bleeding and swelling for the first three or four days. We will provide you with a detailed list of instructions to follow during your recovery, including a list of what you should and should not eat. If you ever have any questions, begin bleeding more, or feel as if something is wrong, contact us right away.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom teeth typically begin erupting during the mid-teen years, so anyone who is 17 or older may need to have their wisdom teeth removed. If you are experiencing pain in the back of your mouth or while chewing, or bleeding, you need to make an appointment with us as soon as you can. These symptoms can be a sign of a number of issues, including impacted wisdom teeth.
Some people have no trouble with their wisdom teeth. They come in normally and do not cause pain or other issues. Other people do not ever get wisdom teeth. However, if you are concerned that you have impacted wisdom teeth or that you need to have them removed, you will need to come in for an exam. Contact Henricksen Family Dental at (360) 740-2119 today to schedule your appointment.